Minnesota Back to School Guidance to be Announced July 30

Minnesota Back to School Guidance to be Announced July 30 Click to Enlarge

ST. PAUL (KDLM) - Parents and students will find out what the plans are for the return of school in the fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, July 30.

The Minnesota Department of Education announced that Governor Tim Walz will release his guidance saying in a Facebook post, "We’re grateful for his leadership and the partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health as we work to support our students, educators and families."

Education Minnesota released survey results Thursday that show the preference educators have between distance learning and in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year.

According to the results, 49% said they are most comfortable with continuing distance learning. However, 46% said they were comfortable with at least some in-person learning, at least until more disease-prevention measures are put in place to protect the members of their school communities and the educators' own families.

School Districts across the state are modeling what it would look like to bring all students back to class in the fall, implement distance learning or a hybrid model.

Many state officials are leaning toward a hybrid model in an effort to serve students’ academic, emotional and social needs by reuniting them with teachers and peers, but Detroit Lakes Public School's Superintendent, Mark Jenson during a recent School Board meeting says that option is actually the most problematic, "I'm going to be honest, it's probably the most challenging schedule...it's also a really expensive model – we will have to run buses at half, hire more teachers...the most challenging aspect is what the schedule does for families."

KDLM will carry Governor Walz' announcement live on Thursday, July 30 at 1340am/93.1fm, kdlmradio.com and via the Lakes Area Radio App

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